United Nation officials report stated that Pakistan will need billions of dollars to recover from its worst floods in history, further straining an economy already dependent on foreign aid to prop it up and back its war against terrorism. At least 1.6 million people have been affected, 84,000 homes have been destroyed that left up to 500,000 people homeless. Over 2 million people in Punjab had been displaced, while 500,000 houses have been washed away. Today the warning have been issued in Muzaffargarh for the very first time by the government for evacuation and if these people were not evacuated then 4 Lacs more people will be affected. The recent prediction by Met department has warned that heavy downpour/ thunderstorms/ and flood is expected in Karachi, Hyderabad and Urban areas. It seems like whole Pakistan will be affected by flood. The flood devastating situation is raising fingers on metrological department which works under Ministry of Defense. If such kind of flood was expected so why the department had not issued any warning to the areas which can were expected to be worst hit areas. Why no arrangements were done for evacuation of people from dangerous places. Now this discussion is useless now we have to estimate the exact loss and damages made due to the worst flood in the history of Pakistan.
Summary of Damages and Losses
Balochistan KP Punjab Sindh AJK GB Total
Deaths 24 919 55 1 63 63 1,125
Injured 98 836 140 1 72 50 1,197
Houses damaged 19,604 156,934 83,584 7,398 3,454 1,105 272,079
Summary of relief provided as of August 7, 2010
Balochistan KP Punjab Sindh AJK GB Total
Tents 7,750 30,700 14,007 6,924 1,600 1,920 62,901
Blankets 4,800 8,000 5,000 2,090 4,000 7,000 30,890
Plastic Mats 15,400 10,000 18,400 17,000 2,000 2,035 64,835
Rations Packs 15,000 0 0 20,000 0 0 35,000
Generators 4 0 10 10 2 0 26
Cooked Meals 0 84,000 32,000 0 0 0 116,000
De-watering Pumps 0 29 20 20 0 0 69
Medical Teams 28 70 0 2 0 0 100
Relief Camps 0 166 0 0 0 2 168
Financial Support 0 21 m 0 0 0 0 21 million
Helicopters used 3 23 4 8 0 3 41
Boats Available 0 150 205 165 0 0 520
Persons Rescued 0 33,500 42,136 104,001 0 70 179,707
Pledges and aid by countries/donors/ local private sector
Country / Donor Cash In-kind
USA $ 35 million MREs: 438,000; Zoadic boats: 4; Water purification plants: 4
UK $ 32 million
China $ 3 million Tents: 1,000; Generators: 50; Water purification plants: 6
UN $ 10 million
EU € 30 million
South Korea 0 $ 0.5 million
Japan $ 3 million $ 0.23 million
Australia $(Aus) 3 million
Italy 0 Jerry canes: 3,000; Water tanks: 5; Water filtration plants: 6
Saudi Arabia One-day salary Food Items: 2 aircrafts
of Embassy staff
Indonesia 0 Food Items: 60 tons
Qatar 0 Food: 17 tons, Medicines: 17 tons, Food packets: 1150, Blankets: 1000
Turkey 0 Sleeping bags: 1500, Mats: 1200, Kitchen sets: 420
Spain 0 Tents: 94; Kitchen sets: 720; Hygiene kits: 552
Canada $ 2 million
Turkish Red Cross 0 Food Items, Kitchen utensils, Blankets, Sleeping bags, Foam beds
Norway $ 5 million
Denmark $ 2.08 million
Netherlands $ 1.3 million
Afghanistan 0 Helicopters: 4
Pak Army One-day salary
Behria Town 0 Daily food to over 40,000, mobile hospital, medicines, 25 trucks of flour
Punjab Government 0 100 trucks of food, clean drinking water
PCRWR 0 Water filtration plans
Pak Tobacco Company 0 Medicines to prevent typhoid for 10,000 people
PRCS $ 29 million Food for 56,000 people
Jamaat-e-Islami 0 Relief camp established with Rs.100,000 in Potohar Town
Punjab Cabinet One-day salary
Musharraf donates Rs 10 million for flood affectees
Individual efforts: Relief camps set in all areas for collecting funds for flood victims.
Pakistan is in grip of natural calamities. Almost half of the country is inundated in flood water, million of people have been rendered homeless, thousands of people are waiting for food, and no help and support have been provided to the victims by the government. So in this situation the question arises that where this aid and relief goods are going if not being used for the relief of the victims. Speculations are roaring that government is misusing the aid money as it was done in earthquake of 2005 as no benefit and support were provided to the affectees.
Now the people do not rely on government. The country is drowning and in this situation the President is not in the country, he is enjoying his luxurious visits on nation money along with his kids enjoying life. Conducting personal business meeting on the name of official visit, spending thousands of dollars on his luxurious stay in expensive suits.
Pakistani nation is ashamed of his President. Heaven would not have fallen if he had cancelled his visit and had travelled to flood affected areas.
Zardari is facing criticism from all over the world even foreign newspapers and media are stunned on President of Pakistan ruthless behaviors for his nation.
Criticizing his foreign visit in this crucial time where he should be in his country with his people.
The anger was shown in Birmingham rally by Pakistani community shoe was thrown by a Pakistani but luckily he was saved. But this act had confirmed anger and hared against the President.
When Pakistani media aired the shoe hurling news the government start acting in a criminal way. On Zardari’s order PPP activists start targeting journalist, the channels was blocked all over the country by PEMRA, newspapers were set on fire which print the news about shoe throwing incident.
But PPP government is not aware that they can only put restriction on Pakistani media but they can not stop the circulation of such news internationally and through wire service all around the world.
When shoe was thrown on Bush he didn’t do such act and did not blocked the media. So why such acts are seen in Pakistan where we claim that we are living in a democratic state under the leadership of democratic government.
PPP government a so called government has failed in all way and Pakistan do not need such useless government any more. After blocking the news channels and harsh and cruel attitude of PPP Jialas hatred against Zardari has reached to uncontrollable level.
Now Pakistani need change and government who act like government who protect its people in all way instead of spending nation money on luxurious and useless visits.
Now its time that instead of depending on so called democratic government for help we should stand for bringing change in lives of flood victims for their help and support., Its time to revive the spirit of 2005 earthquake in which we all Pakistanis stood as one nation for the support of our people.